Noah and Family Leave The Ark
- Yahweh remembers Noah.
- Yahweh focuses His attention on Noah again.
Gen.8:1 Then Yahweh remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And Yahweh made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.
- Certainly, Yahweh never forgot Noah, but at this point Yahweh again turned His active attention towards Noah.
- Yahweh made a wind to pass over the earth:
- Yahweh knew how to make the waters subside
- Even a big problem like this was not a big problem to Yahweh.
As the floodwaters recede,
the ark rests on Mount Ararat.
Gen. 8:2-5 The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained. And the waters receded continually from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters decreased. Then the ark rested in the seventh month, the seventeenth day of the month, on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters decreased continually until the tenth month. In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen.
- Mountains of Ararat: However, if Yahweh's purpose was to put the ark in a place where it might be preserved for thousands of years, He chose an excellent place for it.
Birds are used to test the condition of the earth.
Gen.8:6-12 So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth. He also sent out from himself a dove, to see if the waters had receded from the face of the ground. But the dove found no resting place for the sole of her foot, and she returned into the ark to him, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her, and drew her into the ark to himself. And he waited yet another seven days, and again he sent the dove out from the ark. Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. So he waited yet another seven days and sent out the dove, which did not return again to him anymore.
- Noah, his family, and all the animals leave the ark.
Gen.8:13-19 And it came to pass in the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, that the waters were dried up from the earth; and Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and indeed the surface of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried. Then Yahweh spoke to Noah, saying, "Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing of all flesh that is with you: birds and cattle and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, so that they may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth." So Noah went out, and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with him. Every animal, every creeping thing, every bird, and whatever creeps on the earth, according to their families, went out of the ark.
Yahweh's covenant with Noah.
- Noah builds an altar and offers a sacrifice.
Gen.8:20 Then Noah built an altar to Yahweh, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
- Then Noah built an altar: Noah's first act after leaving the ark was to worship Yahweh through sacrifice
- His gratitude and admiration of Yahweh's greatness lead him to worship Yahweh.
- Took of every clean animal and every clean bird.
- As is the nature with true sacrifice, this was a costly offering unto Yahweh.
- With only seven of each animal on the ark, Noah risked extinction by sacrificing some of these animals.
- But costly sacrifice is pleasing to Yahweh.
- Sacrifices we are called to offer to Yahweh should also cost us something.
- We should present our bodies as a living sacrifice to Yahweh
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Elohim, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Elohim, which is your reasonable service.
- The giving f our resources is a sacrifice.
Phil.4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to Elohim.
- We should give the sacrifice of praise to Yahweh.
Heb.13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to Elohim continually, that is the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
- Costly sacrifice pleases Yahweh, not because Yahweh is greedy and wants to get as much from us as He can but because Yahweh Himself sacrificed at great cost
Ephesians5:2 And walk in love, as Messiah also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to Yahweh for a sweetsmelling savour.
Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
Heb.10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of Elohim;
- Yahweh wants cstly sacrifice from us because it shows we are being conformed into the image of Yahshua, who was the greatest display of costly sacrifice.
Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Messiah also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to Yahweh for a sweet smelling savour.
- May we think like David.
2 Sam 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto Yahweh my Elohim of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
- Yahweh's promise to Noah and to all mankind.
Gen.8:21-22 And Yahweh smelled a soothing aroma. Then Yahweh said in His heart, "I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease."
- Yahweh smelled a soothing aroma: Noah's costly sacrifice pleased Yahweh.
- More pleasing to Yahweh than the smell of the sacrifice was the heart of Noah in his sacrifice.
- Cold and heat, winter and summer.
- This speaks of the profound climatic and ecological changes in the earth since the "blanket" of water vapors covering the earth was "emptied.
- Now there are seasonal and temperature variations.
- The result of this change is found in the rapidly decreasing life spans. There will never be 900-year-old men after the flood.